Saturday, August 28, 2010

The Swing is Back in Town

An old partner in crime is back in the picture again. The Chubs' infant swing. The OT from Early Intervention recommended putting her in the swing for about 15-20 minutes a day to help with her sensory issues. I have to admit, I'm not completely sure what the point is, all I know is that the little muffin smiles each time I put her in that thing. It had been several months since she last used it, so I was thinking she may not totally dig being strapped in it since in her crib she's free to roll around and contort her body in all sorts of weird ways (including frequently getting her legs stuck in the rungs), but she took to it surprisingly well. But now we have a new issue. It's so secret that her naps have been HORRIFIC for months now. They are only getting worse by the day. It's not uncommon for her to throw herself around the crib for an hour before falling asleep. It's also not uncommon for her to never fall asleep at all. "Maybe she doesn't need the rest?" you may be thinking. But if you are thinking that, I invite you to come over to witness a very tired and cranky girl right before nap time that will not stop rubbing her eyes and whining about the smallest things. SHE IS TIRED! SHE NEEDS TO SLEEP!

I don't want to hear all of the "maybe you need to put her down earlier, she could be overtired", or "maybe she wants to drop that nap", trust me, TRUST me, when I say I have tried it all. We are going through a very rough stage here and her terrible napping is making everything worse. Her eating, her disposition, our overall quality of life. Last night she cried for an hour straight before bed which involved a huge projectile puke all over the carpet. Lovely. I knew it was because she was tired but why isn't there an "off" button on these things? I hate that I have no control over getting her to fall asleep.

So all of this rambling to say, I have let us regress in the napping arena. I now cave if she has been laying awake for an hour and is clearly tired and stick her in the swing which honestly works every time. I know it's not a good habit, trust me I have always been all about sleep training and getting your child to fall asleep in their crib and self soothe. But at this point, I'm doing whatever I can to survive. If The Chubs was a normal healthy baby, I would tackle this so much differently, but she's not, so we do what we have to do to get her sleep during the day so she will eat better, and her sensory issues will not suffer further.

I'm trying to not make this a habit, I really am. But check back with me in a month. We may run our swing into the ground.


  1. Oh my goodness, don't feel bad about getting her to nap in the swing!! I would've done it in a heartbeat too. I think the most important thing right now is that she is getting sleep and if she's not able to sleep in her crib then I think the right thing to do is to let her nap in her swing. I mean, I know all of the hoopla about self-soothing and blah blah, but come on-- she's not going to need a swing to fall asleep when she's 5. You know? She'll learn eventually. Right now, for her health and your sanity, do what you need to do and don't feel bad about it.

  2. Ellie, I think that every single one of us would do the same thing! Whatever gets The Chubs to sleep is the best thing for all of you! You're doing the RIGHT thing by letting her sleep in her swing, I think. Love you girl.

  3. All 4 grandparents agree - let her sleep in the swing!! Whatever works!

  4. I don't think that letting her sleep in the swing is a bad thing. You did what you could and now you have to do what is both best for YOU and for your LITTLE GIRL.

    Everyone is cranky when they don't get enough sleep.

    Cranky people don't want other people messing with them. Or sticking things they don't know about (i.e. solid foods and spoons) in their faces.

    And if you don't believe me, ask my hubby.

    Hang in there. Maybe the more well rested Chubs will eat better for you.

  5. I couldn't agree with everyone more! Remember, self-care is SO important. In all this you have to give yourself a break and Lexi needs sleep any way she can get it. You need to give yourself a break for making the choice to use the swing and literally to have a break so you can do what you need to do for you and Stephen. Ugh I feel so bad for you!